Sighișoara: birthplace of Count Dracula
124 kms/ 2hrs.
We leave Sovata behind and we reach
This ancient stronghold, which can boast a perfectly preserved historic centre with its characteristic architecture, has been listed among the World Heritage Sites.
No doubt, Sighișoara is one of the very few walled cities still inhabited.
Some buildings in the town centre are of particular interest since they are one with the craftsmen’s houses, their workshops and their original tools.
The 64-metre-tall Clock Tower, the “Church on the Hill” with its frescoes and the Weapons Museum are among the other attractions.
Now a restaurant, Count Dracula’s birthplace is recognisable by a plaque at the entrance. As a matter of fact, Count Dracula is the name Count Vlad III of Wallachia (the Impaler) has always gone by since his father nicknamed him “Dracul” (the drake). The Irish novelist Bram Stoker drew inspiration from this legendary figure for lots of his gothic novels.
To the discovery of this mythical village not far from Brasov (Romania).
Viscri is a place where, beyond any doubt, time has been standing still. Peasants move along dirt roads on horse-drawn carts, geese and cows roam freely here and there.
Under a couple of pergolas the ladies who own the place will serve you a delicious “ciorbă”, the typical soup with meat balls and vegetables.
Before leaving this unusual, fascinating place, head to the village oven, where you can savour tasty, crunchy loaves of bread.
Let’s drive on towards Rupea.